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We Made Up 7 Words That Perfectly Describe Life as a Parent of Young Kids

May 12, 2016

Which of these rings most true for you? 

At bedtime:

Bedatorial: a long, rambling speech from a young child right before bed, detailing all the reasons why they should not or cannot go to bed.


On road trips:

Carmageddon: a massively epic meltdown during a long drive, esp. on the highway.


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When they're pushing limits:

Charlatantrum: an episode of disingenuous crying by a young child who is aiming to get or do something they are not allowed.


After eating:

Floornado: the residual food and drink left around the chair of a small child after a meal or snack.


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When you just want a night out:

Maybesitter: a child-minder who regularly bails and leaves you scrambling. Praybesitter:a child-minder who you pray will be available at the last minute.


When trying to take public transit, or be anywhere with other people: 

Stroller Derby: the act of manoeuvering a stroller through busy public spaces, i.e. crowded sidewalks or public transit during rush hour.

Have you come up with your own made-up parenting words? Leave them in the comments!

Article Author Jen Goodhue
Jen Goodhue

Jennifer Goodhue is a performer/writer in Toronto. As part of a stellar ensemble, she wrote and performed in five Second City MainStage revues. She co-starred in CTV’s Comedy Inc. for five seasons and has written for several television shows such as This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Stroumboulopoulos Tonight and YTV’s That’s So Weird. As a member of Comedy Inc. she was nominated for a Gemini Award and has won three Canadian Comedy Awards for her work with The Second City and Monkey Toast: The Improvised Talk Show.

She’s currently a staff writer for the much anticipated comedy Baroness Von Sketch Show on CBC. She continues to teach writing at The Second City Training Centre and perform in various impov shows around Toronto.

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